Fundamenta tenet mundi (Michael Praetorius)

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  • (Posted 2021-12-05)  CPDL #67023:       
Editor: Ulrich Alpers (submitted 2021-12-05).   Score information: A4, 8 pages, 183 kB   Copyright: CC BY SA
Edition notes: With second part, 'Pax ergo'.
  • (Posted 2010-05-12)  CPDL #21500:   
Editor: Katharina Bäuml (submitted 2010-04-21).   Score information: A4, 9 pages, 89 kB   Copyright: Personal
Edition notes: With second part, 'Pax ergo'.
  • (Posted 2009-03-06)  CPDL #19004:     
Editor: Renato Calcaterra (submitted 2009-03-06).   Score information: A4, 5 pages, 180 kB   Copyright: CPDL
Edition notes: No bar lines. First part only.

General Information

Title: Fundamenta tenet mundi
Composer: Michael Praetorius

Number of voices: 6vv   Voicing: SSATTB
Genre: SacredMotet

Language: Latin
Instruments: A cappella

First published: 1607 in Musarum Sioniarum, no. 13
Description: secunda pars: Pax ergo vestras

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Original text and translations

Latin.png Latin text

Fundamenta tenet mundi concordia,
vinclum hoc aufer coelum corruet atque solum:
Sic nisi conjugibus nectat concordia mentes,
nulla salus thalamo, nulla futura domo.

Pax ergo vestras circumcirca ambiat aedes,
o sponsi, et rixas arceat inde procul,
Suaviter ut socio vivit cum turture turtur,
vivatis placidos, et sine lite dies.

English.png English translation

Harmony is the foundation of the world:
remove this bond and the heavens will fall and the solid ground give way:
so unless the minds of the spouses are joined in harmony
the marriage bed will not be blessed; the home will have no future.

Translation by Mick Swithinbank